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Participation Session for Transportation Planning in Northwest Michigan Scheduled

News Release
January 30, 2012

Carrie Bourdages                                                      Michael Woods
Communications Specialist                                    Regional Planner
Voice: (231) 929-5038                                               Voice: (231) 929-5056
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Participation Session for Transportation Planning in Northwest Michigan Scheduled
Tuesday, February 7  2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The Kaliseum, Kalkaska



KALKASKA, MI — As a result of Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) commitment to public involvement in their planning process, MDOT and the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) will host a participation session for northwest Michigan for local officials, transportation agencies, and the public. The session will be held Tuesday, February 7 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at The Kaliseum, 1900 Fairground Rd., just off M-72 west in Kalkaska


The session is aimed to provide local officials, transportation agencies, and the general public across 13 counties that make up the western part of MDOT’s northern region, an opportunity to comment on the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP acts as the process to guide many of the future improvements to federally aided roads, bridges, and transit systems in the region. More information on the STIP is available at:


“It’s important that local elected officials and the public engage themselves in the planning process to help ensure local needs are properly met and included in the STIP,”  said Mike Woods, NWMCOG regional planner.


The counties in the western part of MDOT's northern region include: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Osceola, and Wexford.


For more information on transportation planning contact Michael Woods at (231) 929-5056.



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Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission